Headmaster in The Alexis de Tocqueville High School shooting received France’s highest honor

Headmaster in The Alexis de Tocqueville High School shooting received France's highest honor

Herve Pizzinat was the Headmaster at Alexis de Tocqueville High School in Grasse, France, who tried to reason with shooter Kylian Barbey while suffering from a bullet wound. Mr. Pizzinat was awarded the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honor, for his actions. The Legion d’Honneur was established by Napoleon in 1802. The newly honored Headmaster returned to the school earlier this week.

Meanwhile, it seems the shooter’s parents did have concerns about their child’s behavior…

The teenager’s parents had previously expressed concern about his attraction to weapons and violent video games, however a psychiatrist said he was “quite normal and there was no need to worry”, his lawyer told journalists.

Before I get to my main point, as a gamer I wanted to point out that violent video games do not make someone a killer, however, a number of school shooters have been avid fans of the first person shooter genre.

My questions are, how much were the parents aware that their son was a columbiner, and if they were aware did they make this obsession known to the psychiatrist? If they did make it known, did the psychiatrist say that was normal? Because I don’t care what country you’re in, having a form of hero-worship for a pair of cowardly mass murderers is not normal under any circumstance.
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The Alexis de Tocqueville High School shooting in France

The Tocqueville High School shooting in France

I’m sorry I’m over a week late in posting about this, I’ve been dealing with some minor inconveniences that have put my non-existent posting schedule into a backlog. Then again, when it comes to stories like these, it’s always better to wait until getting all the facts. Maybe not nine days of waiting, but here we are. So let’s get on to it.

On March 16th, 16-year-old Kylian Barbey stormed into Alexis de Tocqueville High School, or as it’s locally called, the Alexis de Tocqueville lycee, with a shotgun and ‘training’ grenades. (Flash-bangs maybe?) Barbey is accused of injuring three people at the school, including the Headmaster, Herve Pizzinat. Mr. Pizzinat is said to have not been the intended target, while two other students were struck by ricocheting bullets. Barbey reportedly told Mr. Pizzinat that “It’s not you I’m after.” The wounded Headmaster was said to have tried to talk Barbey into disarming even after being shot. Barbey was said to have been quickly apprehended by police. One witness had said that Barbey “seemed to be a student and not very big. He shot in the air and ran away.” That seems about right, a coward acting in a cowardly way. One witness said that Barbey had been allegedly bullied by classmates, but then the question remains, was he bullied because he was already an antisocial school shooting fanatic? While there were reports of a second gunman, as there usually are, this turned out to be untrue.

What comes as no surprise to me is that Barbey was a columbiner, or a school shooting fanboy for lack of a better word. Barbey is so much of a columbiner, that he’s almost a parody of what people think school shooters are. Reports say that he changed his name to Killian on his Facebook page and that on his Facebook page he had a picture inspired by the crass video game Hatred. On his YouTube page he only had a video of the movie Zero Day, which is a ‘found footage’ movie about a fictional school shooting. While it’s actually a good movie, it’s also become a hit among the cult-like columbiners. He is also said to have subscribed to the YouTube channel of Marilyn Manson. Manson was incorrectly blamed for having some type of influence on the Columbine shooting. I’m surprised he wasn’t subscribed to Rammstein’s YouTube channel since that was who the Columbine cowards actually listened to. He also had a playlist on Youtube entitled ‘Columbine’ that included saved videos about US school shootings. You might be surprised about how many of them are on YouTube, but that’s a rant for another day, especially considering YouTube’s latest controversy about hate speech and advertising, but I digress.

A day after the shooting, both Barbey’s best friend and his friend’s brother were arrested for allegedly assisting Barbey. The 17-year-old friend was also said to have been a columbiner. The friend was said to have sent a letter to “an American prisoner in the state of Ohio who is serving a sentence for committing three murders at a high school.” It’s not hard to surmise that they must be talking about T.J. Lane, who killed three students during a shooting spree at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio. After the shooting in Ohio, Lane amassed a number of his own misguided followers.

The guns used in the shooting were said to have belonged to his parents and grandparents which allows me to bring up one of my usual points. While Barbey’s father is described as a right-wing municipal councilor in the town of Grasse, I’m more curious to know who was actually checking up on his son’s behavior as it doesn’t appear to be something that just started overnight.

What also gets me is that this punk is only 16-years-old. He wasn’t even alive when Columbine happened, yet he still encapsulates the same sense of selfish entitlement that his cowardly heroes imbue.

Now that I’m tuned in to the story, I’ll be posting more updates as they become available and as time allows.

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